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NWTF Board of Directors announces leadership transition ahead of 50th anniversary

Since 1973, the NWTF has been committed to conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of our hunting heritage. That will never change.

But what is changing is the way we will lead our organization.

Becky Humphries, CEO since 2017, will retire in February 2023 as the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary. To succeed her, the NWTF Board of Directors appointed Jason Burckhalter and Kurt Dyroff, two of the organization’s top staff executives, as co-CEOs working alongside Becky until she steps down.

Effective immediately, under the NWTF’s co-CEO model, Dyroff will lead the organization’s mission-related activities, including conservation, finance and accounting, and general business support (legal, human resources and land holdings). Burckhalter will oversee membership and fundraising-related duties, including field operations and development, marketing and communications, membership, information technology, and facility management. Humphries will continue as part of the NWTF leadership team, overseeing government affairs until her retirement when those duties will transition to Dyroff.

You can read the full press release about the announcement. Also, you can learn more about Kurt and Jason, and watch the below video to learn more about the transition and what it means for the NWTF and you as a member.

Our mission and our members remain top priorities for both Jason and Kurt. We will invest in additional research and habitat delivery to combat the decline of the wild turkey population, ensuring robust populations, while benefiting healthy habitats, waterways and communities – and championing the soul of the American hunting lifestyle.

We’re excited about the NWTF’s future and hope you will continue to join us on the path ahead.

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